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I haven’t on the blog for awhile because I’ve been on holiday.
Well, if you count 365 plus days of time off as holidays.
Truth is, I’ve been lazy.
Every day some topic would enter my mind and I’ve thought: that would make a good blog. Then it would exit my mind just as quickly, like some stray leaves blowing about in the wind and I did not rake them up and deliver them to you.
Then this week, there came fluttering into my inbox a personal message from Anu Garg, [email@example.com] my personal word guru. He said unto me: Recrudescence.
And he did not just it leave it for me to look up. No, he explained that it was from Latin recrudescere (to become raw again), from re- (again) + crudescere (to get worse), from crudus (raw).
And this wasn’t one those trendy ‘new’ words entering the English language that suddenly is uber cool to use. Nor is it known to Russell Brand to obfuscate you with. No, Abu went on to explain the earliest documented use of recrudescence was in 1665 the year before the Great Fire in London.
The word recrudescence is a noun, meaning a renewed activity after period of dormancy.
What I think Abu was saying is: get off your ass and start writing again, in the nicest way possible way of course.
That is what I am doing.
I should mention that the effects of my stroke haven’t gone away in the past year. I still can’t talk properly (that’s called aphasia for the new kids on block), still weak on the right side (Left partial anterior circulation stroke – May 2010. It means that the right side of my body was affected – I veer to the right when walking. My mouth doesn’t work properly on the right side, my right arm doesn’t have the strength it used to, I can’t lift my right leg far enough to get my trousers on. All this and I still exercise the dogs every day.
And typing. Whereas I used to be able to bang out a 5,000 word story in about 45 minutes, it now takes me 90 minutes to get this far in blogging. And that I’m sure is part of reason I put off blogging, because I felt ‘re-doable’ wasn’t working for me. All those health professionals at the time of my stroke were saying if you work at rehabilitation you can get your life back – it’s another lie.
To quote Kevin the Teenager: It’s not fair.
But to quote Oscar Brown Jr:
Ooo shhhhiiiii ooow ooow ooow
What? Oh what are you gonna do with me?
Ooo wow uh
But I was cool